Career Development: Lifetime Employability

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Career Development: Lifetime Employability
At the ripe old age of nine, I started my very first job babysitting my neighbor’s three children. While this may not seem like a real job, by the time I was ten, I was babysitting three days after school, most Friday nights and usually at least one weekend day. My cliental, after school was actually six children ranging from 1-6 years old. Soon I found myself having to recruit my friend to help me, for a cut of my pay, in order to take the kids to the park! While babysitting is where I started, I have worked the last 34 years since in different careers, covering child care, retail, waitressing, bartending, alternative medicine and biotechnology. Throughout my career a couple themes have consistently
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Sometimes require a very short time to really think prior to making a decision. In these cases, my approach is to listen intently, sort through communications to hone in on the facts and remove emotion. Quickly evaluate if additional data or input in needed, think of the repercussions of the decision, the impact, risk and time to implement. If I can make the decision with this information I will, if not then we may need more time or expertise to step in when urgent. For decisions or problem solving that I have time to assess and evaluate, my preferred method is to brain storm. I like whiteboards, documenting flows, using post - it notes to move around and think through the inputs and outputs, risks and benefits. This method promotes critical thinking by listing out the situation including facts, options and possible solutions. This can be done individually at first or with a small group, once thoughts are downloaded and the flow makes sense, others can be brought in to provide input. The collaboration with problem solving allows one to gain by in for the approach. To continually improve capabilities for managing complexities we need to collaborate creatively (Siler, T. …show more content…
Always strive to do the right thing every day and be honest, if I make a mistake I own it, if I forgot to do something, I will admit it. Respecting myself and others; facing each day knowing where I stand physically, emotionally, and being self-reflective enough to know where I can make the most impact each day for the team. For example, if I know I am in meetings straight from 8-5, I’ll get to the office early, prepare for the day, inform the team I’ll have limited access and I try not to over commit. This is a work in progress, I struggle with this piece all the time. Teamwork; working together to meet the goals of the business is imperative. We have a common goal for the business, working to deliver the business needs is important. Supporting each other when we are struggling is important; finding the comedy in a day is always

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